Demystifying Clinical Practice Guidelines 

Guidelines Committees, PCNA, and You It’s no surprise that the role of health care professionals, and specifically of nurses, continues to change. While our primary goal remains focused on maximizing patient outcomes, how that takes place has undergone a seismic shift no matter our work setting. PCNA strives to ensure that every cardiovascular nursing professional…

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Legislative Series: Race and Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in America

PCNA Board President Sandra Dunbar authored this review of the Legislative Series on Race and Cardiovascular Disease in America. In a democracy, we recognize that individuals have the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas with government officials at all levels. Our goals of eliminating health inequalities in cardiovascular disease require strategies at all levels…

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Recapping the Heart Failure Summit 2021

PCNA Board President Sandra Dunbar authored this informative recap of the 2021 Heart Failure Summit. The number of adults in the United States with heart failure is over 6 million, and this number continues to expand with more than eight million individuals expected to be affected by 2030.1 With nearly 1 million people hospitalized for heart failure…

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Recapping the Health Equity Summit 2021

PCNA Board President Sandra Dunbar authored this helpful recap of the 2021 Health Equity Summit. You can view the recordings of Day 1 and Day 2 of the Health Equity Summit. The effects of the social determinants of health are well-documented, but how many of us keep their influences in the front of our minds for our patients each…

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Letter from the President

I am excited and honored to serve as the President of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nursing Association (PCNA). This past year we have all encountered unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, remoteness, and feelings of loss and grief as dear colleagues and family members succumbed to the ravages of the disease. The illumination of racial disparities…

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Lower Socioeconomic Status and Cardiovascular Health

Linking Poverty and Disease Lower socioeconomic status (SES) has been associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and events. However, the mechanisms linking poverty and low fiscal resources to CVD are unclear. Factors believed to contribute include living and working in low SES neighborhoods, reduced access to quality health care, lower education levels…

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Using the New Metabolic Syndrome Severity Z Score During Prediabetes Treatment

A cornerstone of preventative cardiovascular nursing is education and counseling on lifestyle behaviors and change. Have you ever wondered if all that intense focus on lifestyle makes a difference in either the behaviors, risk factors, and progression to either type 2 diabetes (T2DM) or cardiovascular disease (CVD) for your patients with Metabolic Syndrome (METS)? Efforts…

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Exercise and Mental Health: What’s Optimal

As the winter months ensue, health behaviors are at risk for taking a negative turn. Changes in eating patterns, increased sedentary time, reduced overall activity, and altered sleep patterns are all to blame. In addition, reduced exposure to natural light, as people tend to stay indoors due to inclement weather, may contribute to “feeling blue”…

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